bear fishing

Bear sleeps through
the long cold
long dark of winter till
in spring

bluebells bloom
fish leap for flies
birds sing

Bear clambers out
into the sudden
blinking, blinded,
slithers and slides
down the rocky slope
and there beside

the torrent in spate
Bear stops. Dips
one paw, feels
icy freshness, sees
those leaping fish
and with a great grunt
plunges in! Time for

the spring bathe and
first feast of summer.

© James Munro


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